A study of dropout propensity of selected community college students Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to determine if there were common factors influencing student decisions to terminate course work at the College of San Mateo, San Mateo, California. The following six null hypotheses were tested: 1. There will be no significant difference in responses among those enrolled in transfer programs and those enrolled in career (occupational-oriented) programs. 2. There will be no significant difference in responses among those enrolled in transfer programs and those who are undecided as to major. 3. There will be no significant difference in responses among those enrolled in transfer programs and the composite group. 4. There will be no significant difference in responses among those enrolled in career programs and those who are undecided as to major. 5. There will be no significant difference in responses among those enrolled in career programs and the composite group. 6. There will be no significant difference in responses among those who are undecided as to major and the composite group. Further questions considered included: 1. What assistance should the college provide to help students make a more realistic career choice? 2. How should the college better meet student occupational and social needs? 3. What is the student's opinion of his or her program of study? 4. What is the student's opinion of selected characteristics of the college: curricula, instruction, and student personnel services, including counseling? This was not subjected to statistical treatment because of limited parameters of this study, including time, facilities, personnel, and economic resources. While these data are subjective, they represent a wealth of information needed by community college decision makers. Procedures The data for this study were obtained through the use of an exit and a follow-up interview. One hundred and eight students were given an exit interview by the investigator; 54 of them were given a followup interview. The data were statistically analyzed using the CHI-square test. Conclusions The findings of this study suggest the following conclusions: 1. Major reasons for leaving were: full-time employment, health, finances, and personal problems. 2. There were no significant differences in responses: a. Among those enrolled in transfer programs and those enrolled in career (occupational-oriented) programs. b. Among those enrolled in transfer programs and those who are undecided as to major. c. Among those enrolled in transfer programs and the composite group. d. Among those enrolled in career programs and those who are undecided as to major. e. Among those enrolled in career programs and the composite group. f. Among those who are undecided as to major and the composite group. 3. Lack of "identity" and failure to seek help in making decisions are underlying causes of student attrition. 4. Lack of personal attention by the staff is a contributing factor to student attrition. 5. Insufficient information regarding various program options was an underlying reason for student attrition. 6. Stated reasons for leaving the community college are not necessarily the true or "real" reasons.
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